April 1, 2004
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The author contends that the 1954 decision undid a grave moral and legal evil but that the educational and social good that should also have flowed from it remains a largely unkept promise. He believes that if the United States is serious about keeping that promise in the years ahead, it will need a transformation of its education policies that is as bold and far-reaching as Brown was.

This paper was originally presented at the Program on Education Policy and Governance conference, held in 2004, "50 Years after Brown: What Has Been Accomplished and What Remains to Be Done?"